Ellen Mahoney- Director

Ellen Mahoney infuses passion, creativity, energy and fun into everything she does. Drawing on her extensive clinical background in health care, she brings a compassionate and genuine approach in dealing with ALS clients.

Born in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Ellen is a registered nurse with a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Training from the Royal Roads University. For more than a decade, she has shared her expertise as volunteer patient services coordinator by visiting newly diagnosed clients and their families at the most difficult period of their journey, providing compassion, support and understanding. During the monthly support group meetings, she leads discussions and invites presenters focused on living with ALS.

Committed to creating awareness of ALS and fundraising, Ellen is the past chairperson of the Annual Flower Day held in June. She speaks locally and nationally about living with ALS to health care professionals, ALS groups and community groups. In 2009, Ellen was presented with the Roy Slater Volunteer Award, and in 2010, she received the Myra Rosenfeld Volunteer Award in recognition of her volunteer contribution to the ALS community of Canada.

In 2012, Ellen received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Governor General’s Caring Community Award. ALS Canada presented Ellen with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her 30 years of volunteer service dedicated to ALS, and ALS BC awarded Ellen an Honourary Membership.

Currently Ellen is a nurse educator in the Nursing Program (BScN) in Victoria. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Glenn, for over 40 years.